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Cover Launch: THE FATAL GATE by Ian Irvine

THE FATAL GATE is the action-packed second novel in Ian Irvine’s Gates of Good and Evil series – set in the world of his million-selling View From the Mirror books.

Here’s the stunning cover, courtesy of Jack Smyth from our wonderful in-house design team.

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Following on from the dramatic events of THE SUMMON STONE, the Merdrun have launched their long-awaited invasion of Santhenar. Llian must rally the Alliance if the world is to survive this grave threat, but knows that their only chance lies in the pursuit of an impossible alchemical quest – and the most uneven battle in all the Histories . . .

THE FATAL GATE publishes on 29th September 2017 in trade format and ebook.

Praise for Ian Irvine:

‘Compelling . . . Truly original’ Locus

‘He knows how to spin an epic yarn and tell it with real gusto’ SFX

‘The sort of book you’d pick up if you were prepared to be late for your next appointment’ Bookbag

Cover Launch: RAID by K. S. Merbeth

Has Mad Max: Fury Road left you craving post-apocalyptic badassery? Ready for a wild, death-defying ride through the nuclear wastes of the former U. S. of A.? 

The deceptively-named Clementine is the heroine you’ve been waiting for.

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With the region’s most dangerous raider king bound and gagged in her passenger seat, Clementine the bounty hunter is in a bit of a bind herself. She can’t cash him in and she can’t let him go, so together they cross the wasteworld, following a dying road and dodging bloodthirsty raiders who either want to free Jedediah or claim him as their own.

And in a world where lawlessness reigns, a tyrant worse than they could have ever imagined emerges to take the throne.

RAID, a standalone novel set in the world of Merbeth’s previous book, BITE, is a pulse-pounding romp through a desolate world that puts a new spin on the post-apocalypse. Check out a sample chapter of BITE to set the scene.

See what your favorite authors and reviewers are saying about the world of RAID:

“A full throttle, sand-in-your-eyes, no holds barred ride through a Mad Max-style wasteland.” —Delilah S. Dawson

“Merbeth has created her own universe filled with destruction and not a small amount of grim, acerbic wit. Fans of Mira Grant’s “Newsflesh” series will be pleased by the smart writing.” —Library Journal

“Filled with dark humor, wit, and a realistic dystopian setting, Bite plays with the idea of who the good guys are in such a harsh world.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Merbeth’s debut novel puts a unique spin on post-apocalyptic horror… Bite flips the script.” —Barnes & Noble

Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio

Cover Launch: EMERGENCE by Ken MacLeod

EMERGENCE is the action-packed conclusion to the Corporation Wars trilogy – an epic tale of a robot revolt, seen through a robot’s eyes – from the Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated author Ken MacLeod.

Today we can reveal the gorgeous cover which, as with the previous two books, was created by designer Bekki Guyatt. EMERGENCE publishes in September 2017.

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The first novel in the Corporation Wars trilogy, DISSIDENCE was one of SFX magazine’s most anticipated titles of 2016.

Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a thousand years ago, he’s been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he’s not sure he’s fighting for the right side.

Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap, and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience. Gathering with other ‘freebots’, Seba is taking a stand against the corporations that want it and its kind gone.

As their stories converge against a backdrop of warring companies and interstellar drone combat, Carlos and Seba must either find a way to rise above the games their masters are playing, or die. And even dying will not be the end of it.

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Praise for Ken MacLeod:

‘MacLeod is up there with Banks and Hamilton as one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read’
SFX

‘Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes . . . watch this man go global’

Peter F. Hamilton

‘MacLeod’s novels are fast, funny, and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these: he is writing revolutionary SF. A nova has appeared in our sky’
Kim Stanley Robinson

 

Cover Launch: BANE AND SHADOW by Jon Skovron

This summer HOPE AND RED stormed onto the scene. The sequel, BANE AND SHADOW releases in February, and it’s just as fast-paced and action-packed as the first. Now, we’re excited to show you the fantastic cover with design by Lauren Panepinto with art by Bastien Deharme.

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“Furious where it needs to be, deceptively tender where it can get away with it, adventurous all around.”
— Sam Sykes on Hope and Red

As Red becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly.

While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison.

In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

If you’re interested in finding out more — please visit the author’s website and signup for the author’s newsletter!


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New to the series? Start from the beginning today! 

Purchase in the US:
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THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

This mercenary band is back together for one last wyld ride in Nicholas Eames’s debut fantasy KINGS OF THE WYLD — rockin’ cover below. Art by Richard Anderson, cover design by Lisa Marie Pompilio. KINGS OF THE WYLD will be out in Feb. 2017, and your favorite authors are already raving about it:

“Absolutely awesome. If the Beatles held a concert tomorrow (with all the necromancy required for that to happen), it still wouldn’t be as good a ‘getting the band back together’ story as this. Full of heroes, humor, and heart.”—Jon Hollins

“An outstanding debut which will make you laugh and cry and hold your breath. This is a book that has it all.”—K. J. Parker

“Nicholas Eames brings brazen fun and a rock & roll sensibility to the fantasy genre.”— Sebastian de Castell

“Kings of the Wyld took me back to my Dungeons and Dragons days. It has well-crafted characters long past their best but still fighting, non-stop fantasy action and welcome touches of humor. Great reading!”— Ian Irvine

“A promising, fast-paced debut that balances classic quest fantasy with modern sensibilities and liberal doses of humor. Huzzah!”— Alex Marshall

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Cover Launch: BOUND by Benedict Jacka

Everyone’s favourite probability mage, Alex Verus, returns in April with the publication of BOUND – the eighth book in this thrilling urban fantasy series.

We’re excited to present the cover for your viewing pleasure, beautifully designed by Ceara Elliot.

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Read on for a taste of what’s in store:

Alex Verus can see the future. But he never thought he’d see this day.

Manoeuvred by forces beyond his control, the probability mage has made a terrible choice: he’s agreed to work for his old master once more. Richard Drakh, the sadistic dark mage Alex escaped as an apprentice, has him in his clutches again. And this time, he won’t let go so easily.

Urban Fantasy at its best - the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka

 

Cover Reveal: A WAR IN CRIMSON EMBERS by Alex Marshall

War reaches a bloody climax in Alex Marshall’s final book in the Crimson Empire trilogy. Check out this epic cover for A WAR IN CRIMSON EMBERS, the third and final book following A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER (US | UK | AUS) and A BLADE OF BLACK STEEL (US | UK | AUS), to be published in summer 2017. Cover design by Lisa Marie Pompilio, with map by Tim Paul.

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The first two books are available now in all good bookstores, and everyone is raving about them! Here is some of the praise we’ve seen so far:

“Feels like a Tarantino movie: a hugely entertaining mix of adventure and comedy, punctuated by moments of darkness, with clever dialogue and explosive set-pieces…a pure joy to read.” – Booklist (starred review) on A Crown for Cold Silver 

A rollicking, obscene, subversive, and zany epic fantasy ride.” – B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog on A Blade of Black Steel

My favorite kind of fantasy – alternately irreverent and brutal, with a cast of wonderfully scarred and nasty people. Any fans of Steven Erikson, Mark Lawrence, or Joe Abercrombie will love A Crown for Cold Silver.” – Django Wexler

“Cold Zosia’s blood-soaked quest for revenge as she takes up arms again forms the backbone of a narrative that encompasses fanatical religions, ethnic conflict and enough fiendish political maneuvering to make George R.R. Martin jealous.” – Shelf Awareness on A Crown for Cold Silver

“Zosia and her Five Villains are as fun as they are twisted.” – David Dalglish on A Crown for Cold Silver

Exceptional writing, middle-aged warrior heroine, and organically infused gender nonconformity make this fantasy epic a first-rate trailblazer…splendid storytelling, wry humor, and unresolved intrigue.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review) on A Crown for Cold Silver

“Full of bloody battles and strong females…twisted and surprising.” – RT Book Reviews on A Blade of Black Steel

A Crown for Cold Silver drags epic fantasy through the mud — but it does so with wit, wonder and wisdom.” – NPR Books

Cover Reveal: REVENGER by Alastair Reynolds

Orbit is proud to be publishing Alastair Reynolds’s next exciting new space opera, REVENGER and two more science fiction novels. Revenger is pure, adrenaline-filled space adventure set in the rubble of our solar system in a dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure, and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards, single-minded heroism and, of course, vengeance. And that cover by blacksheep-uk.com? Gorgeous! You can get your hands on Revenger in eBook on September 20th, 2016 in the US and in trade paperback on February 28th, 2017. Say hello to Alastair Reynolds on twitter @AquilaRift 

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The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilizations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives. 

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them… 

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded by layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous. 

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

*Revenger is being published by Gollancz in the UK.

Cover launch: ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, by RYAN NORTH

We’re very excited to present the UK cover for ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, a ludicrously funny and irreverent take on Romeo and Juliet from the creator of Dinosaur Comics.

What if Romeo never met Juliet? What if Juliet got really buff instead of moping around the castle all day? What if they teamed up to take over Verona with robot suits?

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In this New York Times bestselling version of Romeo and Juliet, you get to choose where the story goes. Packed with exciting choices, fun puzzles, secret surprises, terrible puns and more than a billion possible storylines, ROMEO AND/OR JULIET offers a new experience every time you read it. And, as an added bonus, all the different endings feature beautiful and quirky illustrations by some of the best artists working today, including New York Times bestsellers Kate Beaton, Noelle Stevenson, Randall Munroe and Jon Klassen.

‘Ryan North is the only writer I know who’s smart enough and funny enough to pull this off’  Lev Grossman, New York Times bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy

‘[A] ridiculously fun book . . . It is as hilarious and funny and strange as you would imagine . . . fantastic’  BookRiot

‘Written with the finest distilled charm and genuine enthusiasm. Entertaining and extremely satisfying’  Kate Beaton, New York Times bestselling author of HARK! A VAGRANT

 

Illustrations by Noelle Stevenson
Design by Ryan North

Cover Reveal: 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

This week, The Verge posted the cover of NEW YORK 2140, the latest novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. Click to enlarge the image below to explore every fascinating detail of life in the 22nd century.

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The waters rose, submerging New York City.

But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever.

Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island.

Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides.

And how we too will change.

Coming early 2017 in the US, UK and Australia. Illustration by Stephan Martiniere. Design by Kirk Benshoff.

 

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